Liberty is here!

As the month of August drew to an end, so the annual Liberty festival drew closer. We were delighted to host the launch event for the festival in our Pop Up gallery space at Westfield, just a few stone throws away from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the festival location.  Liberty, for those who don't know, is a free outdoor event showcasing the talents of disabled artists. This year, backed by the Mayor's office, it took place in conjunction with National Paralympic Day 2014.   

Sally Booth and young artist at Liberty Festival 2014The launch event was followed by a tour of the festival, which this year found us drawing on the theme '[in]visible', to be explored at the forthcoming Shape Open 2014 art competition. Sally Booth, the artist working with us this year, wanted to explore how disabled artists see the world and are sometimes seen as invisible themselves. As part of a recent drawing commission at the Shape Gallery, Sally drew people's feet as they passed or came into the gallery from a low perspective.

The thinking behind this is that we are never encouraged to look down or notice our surroundings from ground level. Art works are hung high in galleries and assume we are all six foot tall. And who sees work drawn from an alternative eye level?

Our challenge to participants was to 'Come and redress the balance and draw your own canvas. Draw what you see from ground level and up.'  And this they certainly did - around a hundred people took part throughout the day, bringing much colour and inspiration to our temporary hanging space with their canvases, before taking them home for their next round of exhibiting!

Below are some images of the day:

artist stall at Liberty 2014  ground level drawing at liberty 2014
  participant at liberty 2014

drawings at liberty  drawing at liberty stall

The work Sally was doing was supported by the Big Lottery Fund through our Inspring Futures project, which supports interactions with young disabled people and the development of aspirations towards the arts and creative industries. To find out more about Inspiring Futures project click here.

To find out more about Sally Booth's work, please follow this link: